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Still Have Questions About the Silica Construction Rule? OSHA Has Answers.

The updated U.S. OSHA silica construction standard has been in enforcement for over two years. Do you need to learn more in order to help achieve compliance with this silica standard? Here are some selected, informative answers excerpted directly from a large list of Frequently Asked Questions provided by OSHA to help you figure out what changes you may need

OSHA Silica Construction Standard: Violations Since Enforcement Began

Back on March 25, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final rule on two new standards to help protect workers and control their exposure to respirable crystalline silica, one for the construction industry and one for general industry/maritime. The 29 CFR 1926.1153 construction standard’s requirements became enforceable on September 23, 2017, except for the requirements

VLOG: California’s OSHA Emergency Rule - Respiratory Protection Requirements for Wildfires

What is Cal/OSHA Assembly Bill 1124? The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) has adopted an emergency rule requiring employers to provide respiratory protection to all employees working outside for longer than one hour when the air quality index (AQI) reaches 151 or greater. The emergency regulation has gone into effect as of the

Is Peracetic Acid a Problem? PPE You Should Consider

Peracetic acid, also known as peroxyacetic acid or PAA, is used in numerous applications, including as a chemical disinfectant in healthcare, sanitizer in the food industry, and purifier during water treatment. It’s an often preferred cleaning agent because it leaves no toxic residue and it is no-rinse.[1] Given PAA’s increasing popularity and use throughout multiple industries, more attention is now

Why Metal-Detectable Earplugs Can be Important in Food Manufacturing

In any food manufacturing facility, preventing food contamination is a top priority. The last thing food producers want to do is unintentionally harm a consumer. If a stray earplug made its way into food produced at that facility, a company’s reputation could also be damaged, and they could be faced with a public relations nightmare. Metal-detectable earplugs are one of the

What are Isocyanates? Respiratory Protection to Consider

Isocyanates. Iso-what?? While you may not have heard of this before, it’s what makes paint stick and makes it possible to create such glossy, vibrant colors. Isocyanates are a class of highly reactive, powerful compounds that react with alcohol-based compounds to produce polyurethane polymers and certain solvent-based paints. Painters and Foam Blowers Take Note Jobs that may involve exposure to

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